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RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014

Dearly beloved…

On this, the occasion of its 14th birthday, we’re gathered here to mark the passing of Mac OS X Hints.

While it can be hard to tell exactly when a web site has died, the signs are fairly obvious. It’s been over 45 days since the last new hint appeared on the site. There is no way for new users to sign up for an account. There’s been one new comment posted in the last two days. A sidebar box proudly proclaims Latest Mountain Lion Hints. The site design, logo, and icons were last updated when I worked for Macworld, over four years ago. To paraphrase a Star Trek character, “it’s dead, Jim.”

I worked on the Mac OS X Hints web site for many years. I got to know Rob Griffiths, who founded the site, way back when, probably a couple of years after he launched this site. I worked with him writing a few chapters of a book which collected hints (whose title was so dumb, I won’t mention it). Subsequently, I filled in for Rob when he took vacations, took time off when his kids were born, and then, when he left Macworld, I took over as site editor for a while.

I’ll miss the site. It had lots of great information.

via RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014 | The Robservatory.

Six Colors: Review: 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

It looks good, but feels subtle—until you turn back to a non-Retina Mac display and are confronted with the brutal reality of a low-DPI screen. “How did we live like this?,” you’ll cry out to no one. Is a Retina display absolutely necessary in life? There are very few people who need this many pixels—designers and photographers come to mind. But, then, you could argue that about high-resolution displays on any device: We got along fine without them, and they’re not necessary, but life is sure nicer now that we’ve got them.

I disagree with Jason Snell; it’s not about people like designers or photographers. It’s about anyone who works with text and wants to see crisp, clear fonts. While this is a great display for those working with photos and videos, it’s also great for anyone who works with text a lot. It’s not a luxury if you work all day on a computer.

via Six Colors: Review: 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display.

First Impressions: 5K iMac (Spoiler: Wow!)

I got my 5K iMac early this morning, and immediately migrated my data from my Mac Pro. My first impressions of this Mac are simply this: Wow! I haven’t done much yet; nothing that taxes the processors to be able to see how fast it is. I did get the faster processor and better video […]

How Will Apple Implement Touch ID on Macs?

Last year, after I had had my iPhone 5s for a while, I wrote about how I want Touch ID everywhere. I have a new iPad Air 2, which has Touch ID, so the two mobile devices I use most let me unlock them with my fingerprints. It’s not as big a deal on the […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses iOS Keyboards, Yosemite and More

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I welcome Greg Scown of Smile, and we discuss iOS Keyboards (Smile makes the essential Mac utility TextExpander, whose iOS version is a custom keyboard), OS X Yosemite, and much more. Listen to The Committed, Episode 55: “This Show Costs Me Money”.

The New Mac Pro Collects Dust

I’ve loved my Mac Pro since I got it back in June. It looks cool, it’s fast, and it’s really quiet. But I’ve recently noticed a smell in my office; a burning smell, the kind you get when you turn on a light bulb that’s been off for a long time. Yesterday, I picked up […]

Is Apple Finally Getting Rid of the Glare?

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is preparing to release a non-reflective iPad. Output of the larger iPad may be restricted by manufacturing complications related to the use of a new anti-reflection coating, which Apple plans to add to the device to make the display easier to read, said one of the people. Apple’s embrace of […]

The Committed Podcast Talks about Churn

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss the latest small update to the Mac Pro line, leading us to a discussion of churn, or how often we change Macs and iOS devices. We all have different strategies, and the discussion also looks at the value of buying […]

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